Prof. Chin Ong

Prof. Ong Chin Kooi
Chief Research Officer
Programme Director, SAGEPLUS
Prof. Ong Chin Kooi has over 35 years of international agricultural research experience in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has been an Honorary Professor of Environmental Physiology at the School of Biosciences, Plant Sciences Division, University of Nottingham, UK, for the last 17 years. Prof. Ong has published over 120 refereed papers and had supervised over 20 Ph.D students in Africa. He obtained his BSc and PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor. He worked with Prof. John Monteith both at the University of Nottingham (1978-1984), where the focus was on the microclimatology of tropical crops and then as a principal cropping system agronomist at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India. In 1991, he joined the World Agroforestry Centre (also called ICRAF), Nairobi, as senior scientist in tree-crop interactions in the semi-arid tropics. He has co-authored two important books on agroforestry: ‘Tree-Crop Interactions: A physiological approach’ (1996) and ‘Below-Ground Interactions in Tropical Agroecosystems: Concepts and Models with Multiple Plant Components’ (2004). In 2004, Prof. Ong became the Project Manager & Principal Scientist to the Swedish Land Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA), based at ICRAF. For more than two decades RELMA has promoted various technologies and approaches aimed at decreasing poverty and enhancing food security through land management and conservation in 6 African countries (Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia). RELMA’s role was to influence national extension programmes on scaling up of agricultural technologies, including linking research to extension and policy makers, rainwater harvesting, conservation agriculture and livestock production.